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Writing-Arm Windsor Chair

McKim, Andrew and Robert
Place Made:
Richmond Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
maple –hickory –poplar –yellow pine
HOA: 37 3/8; WOA: (at seat) 24; DOA: 17 3/4
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Writing-arm Windsor with square back and nine bamboo turnings in rear and four under each arm; left arm extends slightly outward and grips turn under with a volute; concave seat; writing arm extends from the right with drawer beneath; splayed legs have large bamboo turnings; H-stretcher; incised lines throughout piece; painted (restored).

RELATED WORKS: In addition to simple bow-back Windsors (such as MESDA’s chair Acc. 3165) the McKims advertised Windsors with stuffed seats. “In addition to conventional seating furniture forms such as side chairs and settees, American Windsor chairmakers offered a variety of specialty designs, including “writing,” or “secretary,” chairs, such as this example. Although such chairs were relatively rare in the South, Windsor makers in Petersburg and Richmond are known to have produced them.” (Hurst and Prown, 170-172, fig. 47.1)

INSCRIPTION: paper label: “WINDSOR CHAIRS/ [Made,] Warranted, and Sold by/ ANDREW & ROB.T M’KIM/ At their Shop just below the Capitol/ RICHMOND May 31st 1802” [date inked in]

WOODS: poplar seat, yellow pine drawer liners, and maple and hickory woods for legs and back posts.

Credit Line:
Mrs. Lola Harris and Mr. Cleve Harris Purchase Fund